August: Osage County Rehearsals Begin

Rehearsals have begun for the Scottish premiere of August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play - performed by the Rep’s award-winning Ensemble and directed by newly appointed Artistic Director, Andrew Panton.

Almost ten years on from the play’s first performance by Chicago-based ensemble, Steppenwolf, Panton’s production of August: Osage County forms the first Rep Ensemble production of the new season.

A fiercely funny tragi-comedy set in Oklahoma, this rollercoaster American drama explores the complex relationships that exist between blood ties. The dysfunctional Weston family are brought together after the disappearance of their patriarch, Beverly. Once reunited they quickly resort to their old destructive patterns and the family splinter once again, more broken than before, with secrets and lies uncovered that have been hidden for years bringing tensions to boiling point.

This innovative new production boasts an outstanding cast of thirteen featuring the Rep’s resident Ensemble members John Buick, Ewan Donald, Lewis Howden, Barrie Hunter, Irene Macdougall, Ann Louise Ross, and Emily Winter alongside guest actors Liam Brennan, Angela Darcy, Beth Marshall, John Macaulay, Betty Valencia, and new graduate apprentice, Emma Mullen – making her main stage debut at the Rep.

August: Osage County is Andrew’s first production as Artistic Director at the Rep but is previously known to Dundee audiences having directed The Mill Lavvies, Winter’s Wonderland and most recently, he directed the Ensemble in John Kolvenbach’s Love Song to huge critical acclaim.

Andrew Panton, Director, says:
"I’m excited to be starting rehearsals for my first show at the Rep with such a fantastic cast. We’re producing the Scottish premiere of August: Osage County and this year is the tenth anniversary of the original production, so it’s a real celebration of this magnificent play. It was developed and first produced at Steppenwolf in Chicago, a well-respected ensemble theatre company, so what better play to launch my first season with our Ensemble here in Dundee.”

The cast of thirteen will deliver an explosive script exploring important themes surrounding troubled past relationships, drug addiction, blood ties and inescapable pasts – This contemporary American family drama will thrill, shock and tear at the heart but, despite the underlying seriousness of its issues, will never go long without raising a stream of raucous laughs.